Live wedding paintings in St. Louis- approx. 20x26 watercolor on hotpress Arches 300lb paper
My latest endeavor in my art career is painting live weddings, which is something I have wanted to try for a while but didn't try until my good friend Denise Hopkins gave me a little push. One that I needed.
Have you ever noticed that you need friends who are willing to do that for you? As I get older, I am increasingly grateful for the love, support and inspiration of my friends. They see something that you don't, or they believe in you more than you believe in yourself. And that belief gives you some wind in your sails to reach your next destination.
I am filled with gratitude for Denise for many things, but especially this last bit of stardust she sprinkled which led me to this phase of my career. It is challenging, a little frightening, magical and so very fulfilling. Because in the end, what you capture is a little bit of magic from a night filled with love and happiness and a gathering of people who are celebrating the very best things in life.; family, friends, love and hope for the future. What other " job" allows you the honor of experiencing that wonder?
My first three events have been at the Stifel theatre and the Union Station hotel in downtown St. Louis. The paintings are watercolor, painted on a large sheet of hot-press, heavy watercolor paper. It is painted as the reception is happening in real time, making sure to capture the bride and grooms first dance. At the end of the reception, I take the painting home to let it dry and finish detail work.
My next event, which I am so looking forward to, is at the Belleville Weingarten on the Illinois side of St. Louis. I met that lovely couple at the last wedding I painted.
If you are interested in booking a wedding, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or p.m. me on facebook . My rates are still deeply discounted as I continue through my first year, but will be going up, so book sooner rather than later. I would so love to be part of your special day.
I love Mary Oliver's poems. I love the way she is able to use words with an austerity that feels inspired, almost like going to church.
Her words look deep into the soul, the yearnings, desires, and hurt we all experience in this life.
In that way she creates community, an underlying wisdom that conveys the great paradox - while we are on one hand following a path all our own in this life, we have fellow travelers on this journey, sharing experience, helping one another to experience God in this realm on our way to the next.
I, for one, am thankful that you are journeying with me, my friend.
"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver